Alvis TE 21

Known for building high-quality automobiles with excellent performance, Alvis built sporting cars from the beginning. Alvis cars were often seen competing at Brooklands and other venues. From the 1930s, however, the company took another tack with the Speed Twenty, a low, handsome high-speed touring car. It remained the company’s flagship until it was succeeded by the Speed Twenty-five, in the same idiom but more powerful. After World War II, a one-model policy was adopted, beginning with the TA-14 in 1946. A six-cylinder car, the TA-21, was introduced in 1950, the first all-new Alvis since the war. Alec Issigonis tuned the engine of its successor, the TC-21, in 1954, allowing the company to guarantee 100 mph performance.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

130 bhp, 2,993 cc ohv inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 111.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

Gallery: Alvis TE 21